MotoGP, Portimao, Practice 3: Quartararo at the top, big bang for Martín

Fabio Quartararo in testa alla classifica del terzo turno e combinata. Seguono Morbidelli e Bagnaia, brutto incidente per il rookie Martín.

Penultimate and most important MotoGP free practice session, to decide who will be the ten riders already in Q2. Fabio Quartararo leads the standings, followed by Franco Morbidelli and Francesco Bagnaia. A red flag interrupted the session due to a bad accident by Jorge Martín. The rookie Pramac Racing has always remained conscious but immediately appeared really sore, updates on his condition are awaited later. Great turn for Luca Marini, 7th ahead of Espargaró’s Aprilia and Oliveira (the only KTM in the top 10), in Q1 both the Márquez brothers, as well as the reigning champion Joan Mir.

On Friday we underline the performance of Nakagami, the protagonist of a high-speed bang in FP2, but later restarted and able to secure the provisional top ten. Of course, the consequences of the right shoulder (not fractured) are felt, as evidenced by the presence of Dr Charte in the LCR driver’s box to monitor his condition. And things don’t seem to be going well. Previously there was no lack of ‘close contact’ between the Japanese and Morbidelli, without consequences. Who immediately stands out is Zarco, soon in command in front of the vice-champion, Bagnaia and Oliveira.

But pay attention also to the Aprilia driven by Aleix Espargaró. He wants to reach the top ten, as well as the rookie Marini, Miller, the Yamahas. The best track conditions lead to a hard-fought session. In the last few minutes, however, we have a bad accident for Martín. He falls on the ground at turn 7 and is very sore. Race direction exposes the red flag to allow relief efforts to take action. It then starts again for the last four minutes. Unfortunately, there is a violent high side for Alex Márquez at turn 3. He goes back to the last Zarco in the top ten, ousting # 73, who will find his brother and reigning champion Joan Mir in Q1.




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